U.S. troops reportedly taking more medication than ever.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class William Mackey, a platoon sergeant…

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class William Mackey, a platoon sergeant with Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, U.S. Division-Center (USD-C), addresses a question to wounded warriors assembled in the USD-C conference room at Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 10, 2010. The wounded warriors were back in Iraq for Operation Proper Exit, a program designed to provide closure to wounded Service members. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Stoutamire/Released)

Members of the U.S. military reportedly are taking more medication than ever, and lawmakers want the Pentagon to do a better job of tracking prescriptions the military hands out.

According to The Daily, a House Appropriations Committee report last week called on the Defense Department to provide information on “the required steps and potential obstacles toward electronic transmission of prescription drug data” within two months of the budget’s approval.

According to the article, military spending has skyrocketed over the past decade on prescription drugs ranging from antidepressants to antipsychotics. Spending on the latter reportedly reached $16 million in 2009.

One 2010 Army study showed 14 percent of soldiers were prescribed an opiate painkiller — mostly the addictive drug known as OxyContin.

The Daily reported that 17 percent of active-duty troops are taking antidepressants, while as many as 35 percent of wounded soldiers are addicted to some form of drug while awaiting medical discharge.

Source: Fox News

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  • Below is the testimony of a Great American Marine that I have the priviledge of knowing personally. His story is the story of an American Hero. I do not believe the dismal story you have posted above. I interact with the Wounded Marines routinely. I believe the statistics used above are a Vicious LIE!

    Endless Possiblities.

    by Luke McDermott on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 10:53pm
    .For those of you who don’t know, my time in the Marine Corps is coming to and end shortly. I will be medically retiring on August 30, 2011 and will departing on terminal leave (taking my remaining vacation days) on July 1st to go to Fort Worth and start college at TCU this fall. These past 5 years have truly been a life changing experience. From the moment I arrived at boot camp I knew I would never be the same person. I grew up a lot during my time in the Corps, doing the work we did you don’t have any other choice. Thinking back on my time in the Marines it really is amazing to think about it all.

    One big thing I’ll never forget is the people I served with. You won’t find a better group of men anywhere else. To have people you’ve known in some cases for only months willing put their life on the line for you is incredible. To have 18, 19 and 20 year olds leading people in combat and being directly responsible for the lives of others is something you wont see anywhere else. To all my boys I served with, you are all family to me and I love you guys, I’d do anything for you and theres no better group of people I could know.

    I never thought growing up that I would join the Marine Corps, let alone the infantry. I never thought I’d go into combat in Afghanistan twice and I certainly never thought I would get hit by an IED just weeks before departing Afghanistan for the final time and sustaing the injuries that I did. I can tell you though that I have no regrets on any of it. Im proud to have served and I would do it all over again without hesitation.

    This past year has by far been the longest and toughest of my life. I’ve come a long way from being in the hospital to now being on my way out of the Marines. This experience however has made me infinitly stronger. Im doing and have done things that at one point people said “well you may not be able to do that.” All I have to say about that is BULLSHIT! At my one year anniversary of being hurt this past June 9th I was in the process of biking 350 miles around northern France! If theres one thing you can take from what Im saying its this: Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because the only one that can prevent you from doing something is you. The possiblities are endless, its all up to you.

    I’m about to leave the Marine Corps and yes, as crazy as this may sound, I am going to miss it. I’m going to miss my boys and being deployed and doing the work we did and unless you’ve been there don’t bother trying to understand it because you never will. I’ve had the best of times and the worst of times these past 5 years. I’ve had the highs of making new family with my brothers I’ve served with to the heartbreak of losing brothers in war. Since my time in recovery in San Antonio I’ve seen triple amputees, burn patients and even a blind burned amputee come in struggling but through their brothers in service and thier resolve they have gotten better and they constantly have smiles on their face. If thats not inspiring I don’t know what is.

    My experience in the Marines has really opened my eyes to whats important, and that is life! Your alive and that is the most important thing. Having a job where life can be taken from you in an instant really makes you appreciate what you have. Take nothing for granted and cherish what you have because at any moment it could be taken from you. Never quit! Always push yourself to be the best in everything you do. Inspire others and motivate. Do more for others then you do for yourself. Appreciate each and everything you have, don’t be one of those people that thinks their day is terrible because someone got their coffee order wrong. Those people have no idea what a bad day really is.

    I’m off to finish my education and do big things with my life. I don’t let anyone tell me I can’t do something. After everything I’ve been through theres nothing you can do to hold me back. You can knock me down but I’ll get back up even stronger, just ask the taliban, they knocked me down but I got back up 10 times stronger with a resolve and determination that you wouldn’t believe. I’ve seen and learned a lifetime worth of stuff these past 5 years and I wouldn’t trade a moment of it because it has shaped me into who I am today. It’s time to close the book on my Marine Corps career and move on to start a new one, one of endless possiblities.

    Never let them tell you that you can’t do something! Motivate and inspire others.